always the hard ones. the decision that are not just about the bottom line. they are about laying a foundation for the next generation and i have seen how important it is to have a president who does not just tell us what we want to hear. but who tells us the truth, even when it is hard. when it comes time to make those tough calls, everyone around you is urging you to do what is easy. what polls best, what gives good headlines. as president, you have to be guided by the struggles, hopes, and dreams of all the people you serve. that is how you make the right decisions for this country. that is what it takes to be leader. let me tell you, since the day he took office, on issue after issue, crisis after crisis, i have been there, right by his side.